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George N. M.

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    Laramie, Wyoming
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    Blacksmthing, camping, hiking, historical reenactment

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  1. Nick, Yes, fluorite is the same as fluorspar, CaF2. Before suggesting a source we need to know what you plan to do with it. If you are planning to use it for jewelry or some other decorative purpose you probably want some sort of attractive fluorite crystals. If you want it for some sort of chemical or industrial purpose you may just want some sort of concentrate with a high F concentration. This is sort of an odd question for a black smithing forum unless you have a possible use in a metal working context. BTW, I was once Mine Surveyor and Asst. Mine Geologist at the Northga
  2. There seems to be widely varying tastes in yard decorations. One thing that is fairly common in this part of the world is old farm equipment and wagons. I have also seen ore cars and mining equipment and "art" which is either attractive or hideous depending on the property owner and the viewer. There are also the cutesy ornaments such as flamingos, gnomes, jockeys, religious shrines, etc.. Not to mention people who fill their property/lawn with old cars, pallets, scrap wood, tires, and "projects" with little concern to how the property may look to neighbors or passers by. I've had plenty
  3. Dear Sharkbait, Welcome aboard. I think that you'll find smithing a really good avocation. I've been doing it since 1978 when I picked up a forge and anvil for $25 apiece, renovated the blower, got some really bad, nasty coal, and some books from the library and started getting metal hot and hitting it. It has been a good creative outlet and stress reliever. I firmly believe that if more people created tangible things, metal, wood working, cooking, sewing, etc.that there would be fewer mental problems, stress, etc. around and more net happiness. It is also a sort of minor immortality in
  4. It takes only a small amount of oxides to stain a large amount of rock. The old copper miners/prospectors said, "A penny's worth of copper can stain a ton of rock." Anything which is going to have a usable amount of iron is going to feel heavy in your hand, heavier than a normal rock of the same size. Limonite (yellow) or hematite (red brown) staining can be a good first indicator but there has to be more concentration to be even a poor ore. As Thomas said, magnetite is a good ore but I don't think you'll find much in Florida which is all sedimentary rocks and the glaciers never got th
  5. Slag: See Holden, John C., 2001, "Fake Tectonics and Continental Drip," in Science Askew, pg. 40-42, orig. pub. in Journal of Irreproduceable Results, 22(2), 1976, on the web at https://books.google.com/books?id=Bs6fBwAAQBAJ&lpg=PA39&pg=PA40#v=onepage&q&f=false "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  6. Thomas: I LOVE Tom Swifties. That was unexpected and made me grin. The discussion of rivers flowing "up" or "down" reminds me of the Sherwin Williams ("Cover the Earth") Theory of continental drift. That is, the continents drip downwards (south) on the globe. The evidence is that most continents are pointed on the south end and there is often a drop (island) dripping off the end (Tierra del Fuego. Siri Lanka, Tasmania, etc,) of the continents. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  7. Do you have wee, 2 foot high, gunners to serve the piece? How large is the bore, what weight shot, and range? It appears that you are using a linstock for ignition although a pistol flint lock might be about in scale for a 1/3 scale cannon lock. I particularly like all the tackle to return the piece to battery. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  8. I just used black roof tar/sealant sold in a tube for a caulking gun. Have not had any problems. Like Thomas, my chimney at that level does not get very warm. So, I don't think you need anything that will resist extreme heat. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  9. The better people to ask would be my parents but they are gone. I was named after my maternal and paternal grandfathers. I have never quite understood the rationale behind a nom de web, particularly on a website such as IFI. I can see it in certain other places as a security measure but here it seems to be overkill. This does not seem to be a place where there is much risk or much to hide. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  10. B: You did not state what kind of drill bits you are using. I consider plain old twist drills suitable for wood and soft metal such as copper or bronze. For steel I try to use tungsten or cobalt coated bits, they last a lot longer. Also, I'd slow your drill down to as slow as possible. I think the slowest belt combination on my drill press is around 400 rpm. If you are not cutting properly I suggest stopping and annealing again. This is why many blacksmiths prefer to punch holes if they can. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  11. Just remember what the various mounting points are doing and what forces they are resisting. The bottom of the post should be firmly anchored so that vertical forces from hammering on something held in the jaws will be carried down through the post to the ground/floor. The mounting plate between the jaws and the pivot point is holding the vise against lateral forces and twisting forces from the jaws. If you think about those forces you will be fetter able to design rigid mounting points. Also, elbow height is considered the traditional mounting height for the jaws if you are going to b
  12. Ft. Polk was named in 1941 after Leonidas Polk, one of the more unusual general officers of the Civil War. He attended West Point but became the Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana. In 1861 he joined the Confederate Army and was appointed a Major General. He was killed by Federal artillery during the Atlanta Campaign in 1864. He was 2d cousin to James Polk, the US President previously mentioned. Ft. Polk is one of the posts that would be renamed if the current effort to rename posts named after Confederates goes through. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  13. Thomas: You might check to see if your county has any animal limits. Some do, some don't. Often, if someone exceeds the allowed "hobby" number of animals they are considered a "confined animal feeding operation" and come under regulation for odor, flies, manure management, setbacks, etc.. Also, if animals get out of the owner's property they may come under the state "estray" laws. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  14. Thomas: 7 acres is too big for a lawn and too small for a farm. Covenants have their place but anyone who doesn't check out what they can and can't do before buying a place is not doing their due diligence. Sometimes covenants become obsolete, e.g. racial covenants which prohibit selling to anyone of the X ethnic or religious group, and they are as only effective as an HOA or a neighbor wants to make them because they have to be enforced in a civil court. Some covenants provide that the cost of enforcement or remedying the violation are assessed against the home owner and become a lien on t
  15. Thomas: I did not know that about European vs. American scythes. Thank you. Now I just have to put it into the retrieval system so that I can recall that fact. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
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